Scanlen’s Comic Book Tattoos 1¢ Gum

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I really don’t know much about these, but they’re neat and I thought I’d share. These are a few Scanlen’s Comic Book Tattoo Gum wrappers from the 1960s. Scanlen’s was a company in Australia that made sport and non-sport trading cards from the 1930s through the 1990s. Scanlen’s often reprinted American products from Topps and Donruss for release in the Australian market; these were based off the Topps Comic Book Tattoos set from the 1967 which in turn had used some images from the earlier Topps Superman Tattoos from 1962.

The tattoos are small; the wrappers measure a little less than 2-3/4″ wide by 2-1/8″ high. Though the art is crude, I love the pop-art style when the photos are enlarged. I especially love the inexplicable choice of using an image of Clark Kent with a flower pot being smashed over his head. I don’t know how many different tattoos were in the original Scanlen’s set, but a half dozen different Superman-related ones showed up on eBay a few weeks ago. I only managed to win two of them (missed out on the Clark one, drat!), but the Australian seller the3storms was kind enough to allow me to use his photos. Thanks, Dan!

(In the interest of presenting these as they would transfer to your arm, I’ve flipped the images.)

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